How Does Vestibular Therapy Work?
During your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss with you your history and the nature of your symptoms. They will also perform various tests such as evaluation of eye movements, sensitivity to motion or position change, and evaluation of stationary or moving balance. The main test our physiotherapists use to detect BPPV is called the Dix-Hallpike maneuver.
After you have been diagnosed with Vertigo our physiotherapists will use a repositioning maneuver called the Epley maneuver. It involves holding certain positions for up to 30 seconds at a time (or until symptoms dissipate), before moving onto the next one. The goal of these maneuvers is to get the tiny bio-crystals (Otoconia) in your ears to move out of the semicircular canals of your inner ear and into the correct positions they once were in.
Although it is a relatively quick treatment, we always require our patients receiving vestibular therapy to have someone drive them to and from their appointments, as there will be an increase in symptoms for a short while from the maneuvers, but the relief afterward is often dramatic.
Is This Treatment Effective?
Vestibular therapy treatment has proven to be very successful due to its quick symptom decrease and short amount of sessions needed.
How Long Does it Take to See Improvements?
Our physiotherapists normally recommend only 2 – 3 sessions of vestibular therapy treatment. In these few sessions, our therapists will also provide at-home care with different exercises and techniques that can be done by yourself to further help you improve your vestibular conditions.
How Much Does it Cost?
Our private vestibular therapy sessions are $100 per session and can be directly billed to most major extended health coverages. If you are coming in due to a motor vehicle accident there may be coverage for you for vestibular therapy sessions under ICBC. Once assessed, our therapist can fill out a form requesting you be approved for this type of treatment.